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Last week the SPFL Development League West was set for its grand finalé. Airdrieonians needed victory away to Morton to clinch a hard earned league title. Stranraer watched on, knowing anything else would see them crowned champions. Or would it? Whilst the league table suggested so, a statement from the SPFL issued before the game noted:

As things stand, Stranraer will be champions if Airdrieonians fail to beat Greenock Morton tomorrow night.
 
However, it has been alleged that, in their match against East Kilbride on 11 April 2018, Stranraer fielded a player as a trialist in respect of whom the correct paperwork had not been received by the SPFL and the player was allegedly therefore not eligible to play. The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Stranraer.
 
A disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Monday 23 April in respect of this matter and, as such, no announcement in relation to the Development League West title (if required) will be made until that hearing has been concluded.
 
The game was played and what a match it was. Airdrieonians went 2-0 up at half-time and looked to have the title within touching distance. However a sensational 20 minute goal spree (click here to view the winner) saw Morton come back and win 3-2. 

Proceedings moved onto Monday evening and whilst the disciplinary meeting was taking place at Hampden, Morton and Ayr United were hosting Albion Rovers and Queens Park respectively. Both sides had been mathematically out of the title race a week prior, but with the news of Stranraer's potential point deducation combined with Morton's win over Airdrie, they were back in it. Both won convincingly and eagerly awaited news from the governing body.
 
This morning the news was delivered:
 
Prior to the hearing, Stranraer were alleged to have fielded a player as a trialist without submitting the correct paperwork to the SPFL. 
 
At that hearing, it was determined by an SPFL Board sub-committee that Stranraer had indeed breached SPFL Regulations and the player was not eligible to play in the match, which finished 2-1 to Stranraer. 
 
The club were reprimanded and warned as to their future conduct. The original match result has been annulled and recorded as follows:
 
East Kilbride 3-0 Stranraer 
 
The three points for a victory were awarded to East Kilbride and the points previously awarded to Stranraer withdrawn.
 
The news means now, the SPFL Development League West has just one unfulfilled fixture. Can you guess? Greenock Morton v Ayr United. Being played at Cappielow tomorrow (Wednesday) evening, everything all comes down to this match. A victory for either side would see them crowned champions, whereas a draw would see the previously devastated Airdrieonians clinch the title. Unfortunately for Stranraer, they are now set to finish third regardless of the result.
 
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:16

SPFL Development League Round Up - 23/04/18

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The SPFL Development League is now drawing to a close and with Hibernian already being crowned league champions, the race for second place is still on. Here is how the action went down on Monday:
 
 
St. Mirren 2-2 Dundee
 
Dundee ended a good season in the SPFL Development League with a disappointing draw away to St. Mirren. The Dee finished the game with nine men as they let slip a two-goal lead.
 
Cedwyn Scott opened the scoring for Dundee after just six minutes when he managed to get on the end of Jesse Curran's cross. Matthew Henvey doubled the lead just a minute later with a drilled shot into the bottom corner.
 
St Mirren equalised just before half-time when Curran's wayward header only went as far as Robbie Leitch who had the simple task of firing home. Kerr Waddell was shown a red card 15 minutes into the second half for a late tackle and from the resulting free-kick St Mirren were level through a Sam Jamieson header.
 
Dundee would be reduced to nine men four minutes later as Matthew Henvey was shown a second yellow for dissent.
 
 
Falkirk 0-1 Hearts
 
Dundee's slip-up meant that Hearts closed the gap on the Dee to just four points as they secured victory over the league's bottom side Falkirk. The win means that Hearts can leapfrog Dundee to finish second if they secure four points from their last two games, which are against Kilmarnock and Celtic.
 
The scoreline could have been a lot worse for the Bairns and they had 'keeper Robbie Mutch to thank for keeping the score respectable. However he could not keep Hearts from opening the scoring just two minutes into the second half.
 
It was Euan Henderson who broke the deadlock, pouncing on a loose ball to fire past Mutch and secure the three points for the Jambos.
 
 
 
Celtic 0-2 Motherwell
 
Motherwell ensured a 100% record over Celtic in the Development League this season with a 2-0 win over the Bhoys at Lennoxtown. 
 
It took just three minutes for the Well to take the lead through some great work by Jack Hastie. The striker ran down the right hand side, before cutting in on his favoured left foot to strike past Ross Doohan for the lead.
 
Some slack play from Celtic defender Stephen Welsh led to Motherwell's second. Jamie Semple won the ball and played through David Turnbull, whose strike was saved by Doohan only as far as Hastie who tucked away for his and Motherwell's second.
 
 
St Johnstone 1-2 Dundee United
 
Dundee United came away from McDairmid Park with a very impressive 2-1 victory over St Johnstone.
 
Emil Lyng opened the scoring for the Terrors within five minutes after capitalising on a poor free-kick from Stefan Scougall to advance down the field and place the ball past Saints 'keeper Ross Sinclair.
 
United doubled their advantage just before the hour mark through Gavin Ritchie, who burst into the box to fire high past Sinclair. Saints responded well and pulled a goal back just a minute later through Ali McCann, but they could not find an equaliser and Dundee United returned to the City of Discovery with the three points in tow. 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:15

SPFL Development League Round Up - 09/04/18

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Aberdeen 0-1 Dundee
 
Dundee moved to the top of the SPFL Development League temporarily as they produced a great performance to beat fellow title contenders Aberdeen 1-0 at Station Park.
 
It took just 15 minutes for the young Dee to take the lead after Craig Wighton bombed forward from his own half and played the ball through to the prolific Cedwyn Scott, who knocked the ball past Archie Mair for the lead.
 
The Dons had a large shout for a penalty on the hour mark when Dundee goalkeeper Callum Ferrie clashed with Sam Cosgrove, but after a lengthy discussion with his assistant, referee Chris Fordyce decided not to award the spot-kick and Dundee left with a valuable win.
 
Falkirk 1-2 Hibernian
 
Hibernian had to come from behind, but still managed to reclaim top spot in the Development League table with a 2-1 win away to bottom side Falkirk.
 
The Bairns went into the game with the odds stacked firmly against them, yet still took the lead in the game when Scott Shepherd was picked out in the box and fired a shot out of the reach of Maciej Dabrowski.
 
Hibs were level just shy of the half-hour mark through Ryan Porteous’ header and the Hibees scored the decisive winner 15 minutes from time when Oli Shaw held the ball up well for Danny Swanson to fire past Robbie Mutch for the win.
 
Dundee United 0-6 Ross County
 
It was disaster for Dundee United at St. Andrews University as they were humbled 6-0 by a brilliant Ross County side.
 
County opened the scoring on after 20 minutes through Kyle Johnson and doubled their lead five minutes after the restart with Tony Dingwall.
 
Davis Keillor-Dunn added a third ten minutes later before Matthew Wright scored his first goal for the County Development squad. A fifth and sixth were added late on to compound the Terrors’ misery.
 
Hamilton Accies 1-3 Motherwell
 
It was Motherwell who walked out winners in the junior Lanarkshire derby, beating Accies 3-1 at the Superseal Stadium as Hamilton were made to rue two penalty misses.
 
The home side were awarded their first penalty five minutes from half-time, but Ryan Tierney’s effort was held by Peter Morrison. Motherwell took the lead 10 minutes into the second half as Shea Gordon played in Alfredo Agyeman, who cut the ball back to James Scott who slotted home.
 
Five minutes later, Accies had another opportunity to score from the spot, but Ronan Hughes blazed his shot over the bar. They were level three minutes later though through Ross Cunningham.
 
The Well retook the lead when a cross from Jack Hastie eventually fell to David Turnbull to slot home at the back post. Turnbull then added his second from the spot to seal the game for Motherwell.
 
Kilmarnock 0-2 St Mirren
 
Kilmarnock were unable to put their Scottish Youth Cup loss against Aberdeen behind them, as they were beaten 2-0 at home to St Mirren.
 
The Saints took the lead in the second half, when Cameron MacPherson played in Conor O’Keefe, who in turn crossed the ball into the path of Matthew Reilly to slot home.
 
Kilmarnock were pushing players forward in search of an equaliser and St Mirren took advantage of this to settle the game with their second goal, with Cameron Bredner running through to slot the ball past Ross Miller.
 
Partick Thistle 0-3 Celtic
 
Celtic prepared for their Scottish Youth Cup semi-final against Hibernian on Thursday with a 3-0 win in the Glasgow derby against Partick Thistle. The Bhoys opened the scoring in the second half when Broque Watson’s blocked shot fell to Jack Aitchison, who fired home.
 
The second came with just 15 minutes remaining. It came through another impressive period of play from Watson who squared the ball over to Ciaran Diver, who placed the ball comfortably into the net.
 
And it was three, five minutes from time when a looping ball was well controlled by Kerr McInroy, who fired past Jamie Stevenson with ease.
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 14:49

SPFL Development League Round Up - 02/04/18

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Things are really starting to heat up in the SPFL Development League as teams at both ends of the table made serious moves and earned vital results.
 
Let's have a look at all the Development League action from the 2nd April:
 
 
Celtic 1-1 Hibernian
 
League leaders Hibernian dropped points yesterday as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Celtic at Cappielow Park. The draw was welcomed by the end of the game for the Hibees, who saw Sean Mackie sent off within three minutes after a challenge on Grant Savoury.
 
Despite this it was the Edinburgh side who took the lead eight minutes into the second half, when Lewis Allan capitalised on some slack play by the Celtic defence to charge forward and slide the ball under on-rushing 'keeper Ryan Mullen.
 
It wasn't until the 79th minute when Celtic found their equaliser, when Thomas Caffrey squared the ball towards Broque Watson to slot past Martin in the Hibs goal and open the door for Dundee and Aberdeen to close the gap on the leaders later in the day.
 
 
Dundee 3-0 Hamilton Accies
 
Dundee secured their eighth straight win in the Development League as they eased past Hamilton Accies by three goals to nil. The Dee opened the scoring in the second half through centre-back Julen Extabeguren, who converted Jack Lambert's corner.
 
Shortly after the Dens Park side doubled their lead through Cedwyn Scott who latched on to Lambert's blacked shot, giving the Accies 'keeper no chance.
 
The Dee coompleted their victory when Scott saw his initial shot saved, only to have the ball find it's way to substitute Max Anderson who had the simple task of poking the ball home to secure the three points and close the gap on leaders Hibs to just one.
 
 
Ross County 1-1 Aberdeen
 
Aberdeen missed the opportunity to close the gap on league leaders Hibernian as they were held to a 1-1 in Dingwall to Ross County. The result means that if Aberdeen win their game in hand, they will remain two points behind the Hibees.
 
County took the lead in the match 25 minutes in when a contraversial handball decision by the referee awarded the Staggies a free-kick which in turn was brilliantly dispatched by Ross MacIver.
 
The Dons equalised just before the interval when Ethan Ross sent a corner kick into the near post which completely wrong-footed County goalkeeper Mark Foden, who could only touch the ball into the back of the net.
 
 
Falkirk 1-2 Dundee United
 
Despite the narrow scoreline Dundee United walked out of their match against Falkirk as comfortable winners, though great credit will go to United centre-back Luc Bollan for a vital block just before half-time.
 
The Terrors opened the scoring ten minutes after the restart through Jake Davidson, who got a great connection on Logan Chalmers' corner. They doubled their lead shortly after when Luc Bollan headed home an inviting Kieran Inglis cross.
 
Reis Peggie pulled one back for Falkirk but it was too little, too late for the Bairns as they fell to the bottom of the league.
 
 
St Johnstone 3-2 Kilmarnock
 
St Johnstone ended up on the winning side of a five goal thriller at McDairmid Park as they beat Kilmarnock 3-2 in Perth. The Saints took the lead after just eight minutes when Ally McCann fired home from close range.
 
Two minutes before half-time they had doubled their lead, when a corner into the box from Kyle McClean was headed in by Jack Wilson. Killie pulled one back on the 72nd minute through a deflected Oliver McDonald free-kick.
 
Saints restored their two goal advantage 10 minutes later through Cameron Ballantyne, before Killie pulled one back in stoppage time courtesy of a Innes Cameron penalty.
 
 
St Mirren 1-0 Partick Thistle
 
St Mirren had Myles Hippolyte to thank yesterday as his first-half strike was enough to secure the three points for the Paisley side as they edged past Partick Thistle.
 
The winning goal came two minutes from half-time when Hippolyte picked up on a clearance and then produced a stunning loop over Jamie Stevenson to give the Buddies the lead at the interval.
 
Partick's best chance of an equaliser came in the 69th minute when a shot from Aiden Fitzpatrick had Chris Henry in the St Mirren goal scrambling, only for the effort to go just wide.
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 15:00

Live stream confirmed for SSS cup final day

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Wednesday 3rd April will see the road to Lesser Hampden reach its finalé as four universities battle it out to be crowned national cup winners. YFS is delighted to work with Scottish Student Sport to live stream both matches. Stay tuned to the SSS social media feeds for a link to the stream, just before kick off. 
 
Throughout the competitions, we've been producing highlights of a game of the round. Below you can find links to each of the highlights packages.
 
SSS Queen's Park Shield (Men)
 
 
SSS Women's Cup
 
Last 16
 
 
Semi Final
 
 
The Scottish Cup semi-finals are set to come to close in the coming weeks and this weekend we move onto the Under 14 age group as Giffnock North BC United and St Andrews BC will battle it out for a place at Airdrie in the Scottish Cup Final.
 
Both sides will be familiar to each other, with both playing in the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League and with the teams separated by just one place in the table, it looks as though this will be a close match indeed.
 
Giffnock North have had a good league run so far. They sit in third place in the table, nine points behind leaders St Cadocs in first, crucially with three games in hand to play over the leaders. 
 
They have performed well in their cup competitions this season also. They are currently in the quarter-finals of the Gilbert Baird Cup where they are due to play against Southside Star and they played well despite being knocked out of the West Region Cup by Glenvale via a penalty shootout.
 
St Andrews BC have also had a season to be proud of as they sit in fourth place in the PJDYFL table, eight points behind their semi-final opponents on Sunday, though a title challenge may be out of their reach, having to make up a 17 point deficit.
 
They haven't had the best of luck in their cup competitions and will no doubt be looking to change that this Sunday. They are no longer in the West Region Cup and were knocked out of the Gilbert Baird Cup by their semi-final opponents in a nine goal thriller that finished 5-4. That was one of two games that Giffnock and St Andrews have played against each other this season, the other finishing in a 6-2 win for Giffnock.
 
Let us now have a look at each sides route to the semis:
 
 
 
Giffnock North BC United
 
Giffnock began their Scottish Cup journey in the first round with a home tie against fellow PJDYFL Division 1 side Renfrew FC. Renfrew have had a very difficult league campaign this season and find themselves third from bottom. Giffnock's superiority in this match showed as they convincingly booked their place in round two with 7-1 win.
 
Moving on to round two and next up was another all West Region tie, this time away to a familiar foe in Giffnock SC Blacks. Playing 'away' from home didn't seem to have a large factor in the match and United come through with relative ease, advancing to round three with a resounding 10-0 victory.
 
What awaited them in round three was potentially their trickiest match to date, as they travelled to Edinburgh to take on SERYFA league leaders Tynecastle FC. After the dust had settled on this seven goal thriller, it was Giffnock who eventually emerged victorious by a 4-3 scoreline and sending a message to the rest of the competition in the process.
 
The fourth round served up an East Region vs West Region tie as United travelled to Fife to take on Cupar Soccer Sevens. It was the West Region side who would advance and in emphatic fashion, earning their spot in the final 16 with a 10-0 win.
 
Into the final 16 and another trip to the South East was on the cards as United tok on Penicuik Athletic YFC Blues. It proved to be a simple matter for the PJDYFL side as they strolled into the quarter-finals with a 7-1 triumph.
 
Another potentially difficult away tie was given to Giffnock as they made the trip to face Glasgow and District title challengers Drumchapel Amateurs. Drumchapel have been on fine form this season and will certainly be a name in the discussion of potential title winners in the Glasgow and District Youth Football League, which makes United 3-0 win all the more impressive.
 
 
 
St Andrews BC
 
St Andrews got a head start to their campaign, beginning in the second round with a tie against fellow PJDYFL Division 1 team Glenvale. It was a very comnpetitive start to the campaing as the Saints managed to come out on the correct end of a 4-3 result to advance to round three.
 
Into the third round and an easier tie for St Andrews as they travelled to the capital to play SERYFA Division 2 outfit Edinburgh City. A comfortable victory in the end for the side from Greenock as they moved on to round four with a convincing 4-0 win.
 
It was Edinburgh based opposition again for St Andrews in round four as they welcomed to Greenock SERYFA Division 2 side Longniddry Villa. A professional performance proved to be the difference here as the Saints boked their place in the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory.
 
The round of 16 produced a very challenging matchup against Gartcairn Football Academy. Gartcairn currently sit at the summit of the Central Scotland FA table and ran St Andrews very closely indeed, but ultimately came up short, succumbing to a narrow 3-2 defeat.
 
That result meant that St Andrews were just one match from the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and they were given another very tough game against Bellshill BC. The Central Region side have not been performing to the best of their abilities in the league but gave St Andrews a very difficult time. The Greenock side had to show great character to win the clash 3-2 and set up Sunday's match against Giffnock.
 
 
 
On the two occasions that these sides have met so far this season, it has been Giffnock who have come out on top, however St Andrews will know that they can run them very close as shown by their narrow cup defeat.
 
Both games between these two have also been goalfests so we are eagerly awaiting what these two will be able to produce on Sunday. Youth Football Scotland wishes the best of luck to all involved.
It's always an exciting time in Scottish youth football at this stage of the season and semi-final weekends are days that we at Youth Football Scotland always look forward to and this Sunday we are to be treated with another great match-up, this time at Under 17 level as Edinburgh City Whites take on Eask Kilbride FC Blue for a place in the Scottish Cup Final.
 
Edinburgh City Whites have had a great season so far in the SERYFA Division 1 League and currently sit at the top of the pack, just one point clear of nearest chllengers Hutchison Vale having played one game more.
 
Their cup competition record has been very solid as well. Despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the South East Region Cup in the second round by Selkirk FC, they are still already in two cup finals in the Tom Wilson Memorial Trophy and the Victor Paris Bathrooms Cup.
 
East Kilbride FC Blue have enjoyed an equally impressive season so far. The Blues are in second place in the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League, just five points adrift of leaders Giffnock SC United having played two games less.
 
They still remain in all of their available cup competitions. They are due to play their next match in the West Region Cup against Clydebank United and will compete in the final of the Tom McPhillip Cup, where they will play Giffnock SC United.
 
Let us now have a look at how each side got this far:
 
 
 
Edinburgh City Whites
 
Edinburgh City began their Scottish Cup journey in the second round of the tournament and began in emphatic fashion. Their first obstacle was Murieston United CFC Reds but the WLAYFC outfit were not strong enough to repel their SERYFA opponents, eventually losing 9-0.
 
The third round conjured up a home tie for the Division 1 leaders as they welcomed East Region side AM Soccer Club. This match proved to be extremely challenging for the capital-based side and had to show great determination to advance to the fourth round by just the 1-0 scoreline.
 
The fourth round proved to be City's toughest match of their cup run as they were drawn up against PJDYFL's third placed team in Division 1, St. Mirren BC. The Whites were pushed all the way and after a 3-3 tie after extra time the match had to be settled by penalties, which Edinburgh won by the skin of their teeth, 5-4.
 
Next up, in the round of 16, Edinburgh City once again hosted a club from the Eastern Region of Scottish football as they welcomed Dundee-based side East Craigie Swifts. This turned out to be another very closely-contested contest, but City once again showed their quality, overcoming their opponents 2-1 to earn their place in the final eight.
 
Into the quarter-finals and the capital side were drawn to travel to the Central Region to take on Cumbernauld and Kilsyth League side Drumsagard FAC. This was another match in which City had to be at their absolute best, which proved to be enough to advance to the semi-finals by a scoreline of 3-1, setting up this match on Sunday against EKFC Blues.
 
 
 
East Kilbride FC Blues
 
Like Edinburgh City, Eask Kilbride began their journey in the second round. Up first for them was fellow PJDYFL Divison 1 side Clydebank United BFC. It was a very entertaining game for the neutrals, though I am sure that the Blues would have liked an easier first match in the tournament. Eventually though they succeeded 3-2 to advance to round three.
 
An away tie awaited the Blues in round three, though they did not have to travel particularly far as they were to be hosted by fellow Central Region side Rossvle FC. This appeared to be a more strightforward match for EK and they triumphed 4-0 to move on to the round of 32.
 
Round four happened to be a real test to East Kilbride's character and composure as they were taken to extra time by Gartcairn Football Academy. The Blues had more in the tank than their opponents and eventually secured safe passage into round five with a 4-2 win.
 
One goal was the difference in the round of 16 tie, as they travelled eastward to play against Hill of Beath Hawthorn. After a tense 90 minutes it took extra time once again for East Kilbride earn their spot, returning home with a 2-1 win and a place in the quarter-finals.
 
The quarter-finals produced what, on paper, was their toughest game as they were to travel to the capital to play SERYFA Division 1 side Hutchison Vale. Many were expecting a very close tie between the two sides, but EK put in an absolutely outstanding performance to win the match 3-0 and set up their semi-final tie against Edinburgh City Whites.
 
 
 
Both sides have had to show real heart and grit to make it this far into the competition and that makes this match a very difficult one to call. They have both displayed quality on their way to the semi-finals and have proven that they can both hold their nerve in very tense situations and it doesn't get much more tense than a Scottish Cup semi-final.
 
What it does mean is that we are set to be gifted with a very entertaining cup tie between two teams so close to each other in quality and belief. All that is left to say is good luck to both teams involved.
Spartans FC Youth booked their place in the Scottish Cup Final and now, this Sunday, we will find out who will join them, Glenvale AFC or Hillwood BC, two sides who are very familiar with each other and even play in the same league.
 
Spartans earned their place after a 3-2 win over Harmony Row on the 11th March in what was truly a scintillating match and one would hope that we would get the same heart-stopping action on Sunday.
 
Glenvale come into this match on top form. They currenty sit at the summit of the Paisley and Johnstone District Youth Football League and have a nine point league at the top as they look to seal up the division title.
 
They have also performed well in their cup competitions as well. They are currently looking forward to another semi-final in the Renfrewshire Cup where they will play the winner of the quarter final tie betweeen Carolside Sports Club and Giffnock Sports Club.
 
Hillwood on the other hand have had a very hot and cold season so far. They have performed exceptionally well in the Scottish Cup to get to this stage but find themselves in ninth place in the PJDYFL Division 1 table.
 
They have not fared particularly well in their other cup competition this season, and were knocked out of the Renfrewshire Cup by East Kilbride Blues. The two sides have met once already in the league, with Glenvale emerging the winners by a 3-0 scoreline.
 
Let's have a look at each side's route to the final:
 
 
 
Glenvale AFC
 
Glenvale began their journey in round one against PJDYFL Division 3 side St Mirren BC Athletic. It was always going to be a large ask for St Mirren to trouble a team of Glenvale's quality and so it proved to be as Vale ran out 9-0 winners.
 
Into round two and next up was a very tough tie for Glenvale as they were given an away trip to PFD United. PFD have been Glenvale's nearest chllengers for the Division 1 title and they would perhaps not have been top pleased to see them this early in the competition. Vale had to put in an outstanding performance to beat their title challengers 2-0 to advance to round three.
 
Next up for Glenvale was a favourable draw at home to ADJFA side Westdyke CC. Westdyke have struggled somewhat in the ADJFA and find themselves second bottom of League A. Glenvale used their superiority to their advantage and stormed through to the fourth round as 10-1 winners.
 
In round four Vale travelled westward as they face Toryglen-based club, The Charlie Millar Football Academy. The academy performed very well on the day but were unable to get the better of their in-form opponents as Glenvale triumphed 3-1 to advance to the round of 16.
 
The round of 16 drew up an away tie to Jerviston as the competition started to get extremely heated. It was another tough game for Vale but they showed their quality and emerged 2-0 winners.
 
Glenvale were into the last eight and a potentially tricky tie against the struggling, but dangerous, Tynecastle FC was all that was standing between them and a place in the Scottish Cup semi-final. It was a very close game but once again Glenvale showed the grit and determination needed to scrape through with a 1-0 win.
 
 
 
 
Hillwood BC
 
Hillwood started their quest for Scottish Cup glory in the first round with a home match against Broomhill Sports Club. It proved to be a comfortable beginning to their journey as they secured a professional 4-1 win to advance to round two.
 
Round two saw them faced up against Central Region side Baljaffray FC Unted. It was another fairly comfortable passage into the next round for Hillwood as they proved to be too good for their opponents, making round three with a 5-1 win.
 
The third round had Hillwood face up against South West Region side Valspar FC. The fact that this was an away tie made this a lot more difficult for the PJDYFL outfit but Hillwood remained strong and left with an impressive 2-0 win and a place in the fourth round.
 
The round of 32 saw Hillwood given a favourable draw at home to Fraserburgh Link-up. The fact that they did not have to make the long trek north, but that did not mean they weren't in for a difficult time and the home side had to work hard and overcome them, eventually by a 2-1 scoreline.
 
In the final 16 they were given another home tie, this time against SERYFA Division 1 side Musselburgh Windsor. Windsor currently sit mid-table in Division 1 and were playing well to reach this late stage in the competition. Hillwood BC made their way into the quarter-finals with another 2-1 win.
 
The quarter-finals served up an all Central Region clash against Mill United. It was another victory for Hillwood in the end and it was another tightly contested game, with the PJDYFL scraping through 2-1 again.
 
 
 
On paper this looks to be a very straightforward tie to call. Glenvale have already triumphed over Hillwood once this season and they are in a commanding position at the top of the PJDYFL Division 1 table.
 
Matches however are not won on paper and Hillwod will no doubt be itching to get revenge for that defeat earlier in the season. And what better way to exct your revenge thanby knocking your league rivals out of the Scottish Cup.
 
It will certainly be interesting to see wht kind of result this fixture throws up and we at Youth Football Scotland wish luck to all involved this Sunday.
This Sunday sees the second semi-final of the Under 13's Scottish Cup as SERYFA side Hutchison Vale take on LFDA outfit Grassroots Development Coaching for a place in the final to play Cove Youth FC.
 
Cove Youth booked their place in the final last Sunday with an impressive 3-1 victory against The Celtic Boys Club and will be eagerly anticipating the result of this clash to see who they will face in the final.
 
Hutchison Vale come into the tie in high spirits. The Edinburgh side currently sit in second place in the SERYFA Under 13's Division 1 table, just six points behind top side Lasswade Thistle, but crucially have two games in hand.
 
They have also performed well in their local cup competitions. They are in the semi-finals of the Lothian Buses Cup and the Stewart Brien Cup and they also have a final to look forward to regardless of this Sunday's result, in the South East Region Cup where they will play Lasswade Thistle.
 
Grassrots Development Coaching have performed well above expectations in this tournament so far. The LFDA Section B side currently sit third in their league table, just nine points behind league leaders Strathavan Dynamo, but with a whopping six games in hand to catch up on.
 
Their cup form hasn't been too shabby either. Grassroots still find themselves in the quarter-finals of the LFDA Cup where they will play Drumsagard and they are also in the semi-finals of the Central Region Cup to play Scotland BC Purple.
 
Let's now take a look into each sides route to the semi's:
 
 
 
Hutchison Vale
 
Vale began their journey in the second round of the tournament with an away tie at Loanhead Miners. Loanhead currently sit in third place in the SERYFA Division 3 and look on course to secure promotion to Division 2, but were outclassed by a very strong Hutchison Vale side, who ran out 10-0 winners.
 
An away tie to the East Region was next for Hutchison Vale as they travelled to take on AM Soccer Club. It proved to be another convincing win for the Edinburgh side, who triumphed with a 10-1 scoreline.
 
Into round four and a potentially tougher tie for Vale as they took on GDYFL Division 1 leaders Knightswood FC. The West Region side have only lost one league game this season nd have proven to be a very difficult team to beat. Hutchison Vale proved too strong however and they advanced to the round of 16 with a fantastic 8-1 victory.
 
Round five drew up another home tie for Vale as they welcomed Central Scotland FA side Stenhousemuir BC. The Central Region side were up against it in this tie and that became clear with this game as Vale secured a place in the quarter-finals with a 7-1 win.
 
Into the Round of 16 and it was a home tie against Central Region side Eddlewood BC. This was an incredibly close tie and the visitors could easily have sneaked the win but Hutchison Vale showed character to advance to the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.
 
Next up in the quarter-finals was a trip to Johnstone Burgh, who proved to be Hutchison Vale's toughest opponents of the tournament, as is probably expected when teams reach this stage of the competition. Burgh fought extremely hard, but ultimately it wasn't to be and Vale ran out 2-0 winners and Scottish Cup semi-finalists.
 
 
 
Grassroots Development Coaching
 
Grassroots Development Coaching, like their semi-final opponenets, began their Scottish Cup journey in round two with an away tie to Broomhill Sports Club. Things got off to the perfect start for Grassroots as they advanced into the third round.
 
Grassroots were afforded the luxury of a bye into round four f the competition where they were given a home draw against Morton Community. The Central side put on a real show here and made their way into round five with a 5-1 win.
 
The games were only getting tougher from this stage on and that was proven with Grassroots' round five opponents Portobello CSA at home. A potentially difficult tie, but one that the home side came through with a 3-1 victory.
 
Into the round of 16 and next up was another home tie, this time against Oban Saints. Saints had performed exceptionally well to get to this stage of the competition and will view the fact that they made it that far as a success, but this is where their journey would end as Grassroots turned on the style to produce an 8-1 victory.
 
Grassroots' toughest opponents to date came in the form of Kerse United. Sitting in second place in the CSFA Division 1 table, Grassroots really had their work cut out for them if they were to advance into the semi-finals. Hwever, once again, they showed their quality and booked their tie against Hutchison Vale with an impressive 2-1 triumph.
 
 
 
Both of these sides will go into this game on Sunday with all the belief in the world that they can set up their cup final date with Cove Youth FC. 
 
Hutchison Vale are a club with a great reputation in the youth game in Scotland and have performed extremely well to get to this stage. Grassroots Development Coaching have played some wonderful football to get to this stage as well and will be looking to collect their biggest scalp to date on Sunday.
 
This is certainly shaping up to be a very interesting cup semi-final and we wish both sides the best of luck. 
St Cadocs YC United must do what no other team has managed to do this season and beat Airdrie United BC in order to secure a place in this year's Under 19's SYFA Cup Final.
 
St Cadocs have had a very good season so far this year. They currently sit in second place in the PJDYFL Division 1 table and sit six points behind the first placed side Harmony Row having played the same number of games.
 
St Cadocs are also in the quarter-finals of the West Region Cup, where they will play Maryhill Juniors and they were knocked out of the Elizabeth Canning Paisley Cup in the round of 16 in a close match against Harmony Row.
 
Airdrie United have been absolutely unstoppable this season. They sit on top spot in the WLAYFC Colin Campbell Sports U19 League with 13 wins from 13 games.
 
They also have a final to look forward to already as they are due to play Musselburgh Windsor in the Final of the South East Region Cup and they are also semi-finalists in the WLAYFC County Cup, where they will be playing Blackburn United CYFC.
 
Let's have a look at each teams journey to the semi-finals:
 
 
St Cadocs YC United
 
St Cadocs began their journey in the second round of the competition with a home tie against PJDYFL Division 2 side Gleniffer Thistle. Thistle were expected to struggle against their superior opponents but put in a performance to be proud of, despite eventually succumbing to a 3-1 defeat.
 
Into round three and the draw gave United an easier tie on paper as they were drawn against struggling WLAYFC side Victoria FC. The gulf in class was clearly too much for the West Lothian side and St Cadocs ran out 8-1 winners.
 
Another away tie awaited United in the round of 32 and it provided a difficult trip to Dumfries to face Queen of the South Colts. Despite the distance travelled, St Cadocs were in top form to leave with a 5-1 victory and a place in the round of 16.
 
The round of 16 gave United a home tie, meaning a long journey for their opponents, ADJFA side Inverurie Locos. Locos are currently top of the ADJFA A League but couldn't get the best of St Cadocs who booked their place in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win.
 
With one game left to play before the semi-finals, United were given another home draw, this time against East Kilbride FC Gold. With confidence high, they took on the challenge and produced a great performance and  3-0 win to boot, setting up their semi-final clash with Airdrie United.
 
 
Airdrie United BC
 
Airdrie United, unlike their opponents this Sunday, started their Scottish Cup journey in the first round with a home tie against SERYFA side Leith Athletic. Leith Athletic are currently sitting in second place in the SERYFA Division 1 table but Airdrie proved to be too strong for them, running out 4-0 winners.
 
Another home tie in the second round saw United welcome another SERYFA Division 1 side, this time being Edinburgh City Blacks. City's league form hsn't been the best this season and Airdrie proved to be too much for them to handle. A 4-1 triumph for Airdrie saw them advance to the third round.
 
Round three saw Airdrie make a trip to the East Region to take on Fairmuir BC Violet. The Dundee-based side also couldn't handle the talent of the WLAYFC leaders, eventully succumbing to a 4-0 loss.
 
In the fourth round Airdrie were given a home tie against Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Youth League side Calderbraes. The mid-table side was always up against it with their opponents in such good form, but they certainly put in a performance to be proud of despite a 3-1 defeat.
 
The round of 16 Annbank United were the next team to try their hand at beating Scottish youth football's invincibles this season. The mid-table West of Scotland side couldn't find their rythem though and fell to a 3-0 defeat.
 
In the quarter-finals Airdrie were drawn away to St. Andrew BC, a side which proved to provide a real challenge to Airdrie's credentials. The PJDYFL side have performed very well this season and pushed their opponents all the way despite a 2-1 defeat in the end.
 
 
 
Airdrie United BC are certainly favourites going into this tie having gone the entire season unbeaten so far, but it would be a fool who counts St Cadocs out of the fight. 
 
A cup final awaits the PJDYFL side and they will certainly raise their game going into this match.
 
It certainly has the makings of a very intruiging match and Youth Football Scotland wishes the best of luck to both sides.